Reconciliation

Verlyn Verbrugge

READ : Colossians 1:15-23

He has now reconciled [you] in his fleshly body through death, so as to present you holy . . . before him. (v. 22)

John and Mary were exhausted. They had been yelling at each other for an hour, but no true communication had taken place. Both were angry; neither of them at this point wanted to be near the other. And it had happened so often lately.

What this young married couple needed was to have someone to sit down with them, encourage them to truly listen to each other, figure out how to forgive each other, learn to give and take, and be reconciled to each other. It wouldn’t be easy; reconciliation requires hard work.

We have all sinned against God, and he has every reason to be angry with us. We feel uncomfortable to be in his presence. Yet we do want things to be better. We want reconciliation. Well, guess what? God has taken the necessary steps, difficult though they were, for us to be reconciled to him; he has done so through Jesus’ death on the cross.

What incredible love God has shown in doing that. And through his plan of reconciliation, we can appear now holy in his sight, “without blemish and free from accusation” (Colossians 1:22).

PRAYER

Thank you, Lord, for taking the necessary steps so that I can be reconciled to you. Help me also to be reconciled to others. Amen.